Leadership Team


At GodFirst, we aim to build church the way they did in the Bible. In the New Testament, there were two types of leader in every local church. There were elders (also called ‘overseers’ or ‘pastors’), men who took the ultimate responsibility for leading, teaching, caring for and protecting the church. Then there were ‘deacons’, men and women who worked alongside the elders to help them, by running and co-ordinating various aspects of church life. Together, these two groups form our leadership team.

Elders (Senior Leaders):

Duncan & Jo

Duncan Lee
Duncan has been in full time church leadership roles for many years and in 2008 moved down from Bedford to begin leading this church.  Duncan is passionate about seeing a church built that is full of people who know Jesus, love Jesus and put GodFirst.  Duncan is married to Jo and they have three children.


John Bament
John has been an elder for many years at the church.  He is also a Trustee, helps to oversee church finance and legal matters and heads up the team providing the Hope House Debt Advice service. John is married to Pat and has three grown up children.

Morné & Leanne

Morné Smit
Morné is a member of the full time staff team having moved from King’s Church Catford in December 2011. Morné holds many responsibilities including oversight of worship in the life of the church and our evangelism programme. Morné is married to Leanne and they have two children.

Earl & Sarah

Earl Gooden
Earl is an elder at GodFirst alongside his full time job within the Financial Services Industry. Earl is married to Sarah and they have three children.

Deacons (Leaders)
All our deacons are responsible for developing and leading teams so that everyone can be involved in helping achieve the dream that God has given us:


Sam Pink: Children and Operations 
Along with a team of able leaders and volunteers Sam oversees the 0-11’s programmes both on Sundays and midweek.  Sam is also on the staff team working full time as our operations leader.

Photos to Follow soon for the following Deacons

Andi Norton: Youth
Along with a team of able leaders and volunteers Andi oversees the 11-18’s programmes both on Sundays and midweek.  Andi is employed as our part time youth worker.  Andi is married to Nikki and they have 2 children.

Andrew Blick: Legal and Financial
Andrew carries significant responsibility for legal and financial matters within the church.  He is Chair of Trustees as well as the Treasurer for the churches finances.  He is married to Tracy and they have 3 children.

Andrew Whitman: Connect Groups
Andrew heads up our connect groups in the church.  He is also part of the staff team and works part time to fulfil this vital role.  Andrew is married to Rosie and they have 2 grown up children.

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